CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

ICURN Annual Conference - July 17-19, 2024

Kenya has the largest credit union system in Africa with nearly $6 billion in assets and 6.4 million members. They became prudentially supervised for the first time in 2010 and have made remarkable progress over the past decade. Attend the 2024 ICURN conference in Kenya to learn how this transpired and where they are headed. Attendees should plan on flying in and out of Nairobi, and we will help arrange transport to the Enashipai Resort, where the conference will be held.  Specially negotiated hotel rates of US$135 per night including breakfast and dinner have been established for ICURN attendees. 







The cost to attend a conference for regulators from G20 countries is US$1,550 per person or $995 per person for regulators from non-G20 countries. The registration fee includes attendance to all conference activities, conference materials, refreshment breaks, two lunches and one welcome dinner and activity. The conference will begin the morning of July 17 and end mid-day on July 19. On the afternoon of July 19, an optional free tour of a local savings and credit cooperative (SACCO) will occur to see first-hand how Kenyan SACCOs operate.


The G20 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, EU member countries.


ICURN African Supervisors Regional Policy Forum July 19-20, 2024

Following the Annual Conference, ICURN will conduct a policy conference with developing country regulators primarily from Africa for two days leveraging the expertise of specialists attending the Annual conference. Topics include designing risk-based supervisory framework, supervising second tier financial cooperatives, implementing deposit insurance, stakeholder relations and payment systems. There is an additional cost of $300 per person to cover the costs of this activity.





​                                                                                         ICURN Members in Washington, D.C.  during their 2023 Annual Conference 








CONFERENCE VENUE
Enashipai Resort and Spa is a beautiful getaway nestled in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya. Known for its serene ambiance and scenic beauty it offers a variety of accommodations, all designed to provide comfort and relaxation.​ This safe and serene location is just 100 km from Nairobi with inspiring natural surroundings, perfect for networking and learning. The venue caters to various dietary needs, which can be specified upon registration. Limited accommodation is available for individuals with disabilities, and requests can be made when making reservations.










CONFERENCE THEMES

Topics for this year's conference reflect the current interest and issues for ICURN members and highlights include:

  • Leveraging Artificial Intelligence, digital technology, and social media to enhance supervisory interaction
  • Climate Change: Action and Implications for Supervisors
  • Where is Cybersecurity Headed
  • Implementing and Updating Deposit Protection Systems for Credit Unions
  • Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Supervisory staff.

Sessions will ensure a mix of plenary and breakaway sessions, offering delegates invaluable insights and opportunities for interaction and engagement.


EASY VISA REQUIREMENTS
Getting a visa to Kenya is an easy process. All visitors must visit the Kenya ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) system which is a pre-screening process for all visitors, including visa-exempt foreign nationals and is required to board a flight to Kenya. The application process for a visa on the ETA is straightforward, quick, and done entirely online. Have electronic versions of your passport, selfie picture, and travel documents with booking/accommodation details on hand. If you choose "conference" you will also require an invitation letter and identity document. 


SHUTTLE ARRANGEMENTS TO VENUE

JimCab has been chosen as our preferred partner in shuttling delegates from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to the conference venue at Enashapai, Nevasha with two vehicle options: 

  • A Saloon car option at a rate of $110 USD (maximum capacity of 3 persons) per one way trip
  • A luxury SUV option, specifically a Toyota Prado, at a rate of $230 USD (maximum capacity of 3 persons) per one way trip


For your convenience, JimCab offers multiple booking options, including a website portal at www.jimcab.co.ke (for which you must create an account) via phone at +254 711082153, WhatsApp at +254 735989543, email at info@jimcab.co.ke or customercare@jimcab.co.ke and has a conveniently located kiosk at the airport. 

Delegates will be required to provide some basic details like their full names, pickup and drop-off locations, WhatsApp number if they have one, and their flight details. ICURN delegates are kindly requested to indicate "ICURN DELEGATION" with their bookings to benefit from the preferred rates. Payment methods are flexible, with the option to pay in cash to the driver upon drop-off (in USD$ denomination, exact amount recommended) or through a payment link provided after booking confirmation. Contact Jimcab should you have any further queries.


HEALTH & VACCINATIONS

There are no compulsory vaccinations required for entry to Kenya unless travellers are from countries where yellow fever is endemic. Such travellers must present a valid yellow fever certificate.  Naivasha is situated at a high altitude (1888m.) and as a result, mosquitos are free of malaria because the Plasmodium parasite cannot adapt to the altitude. However, if any additional travelling is to take place outside Naivasha or Nairobi, prophylaxis should be considered.  It is advisable to visit a travel clinic before your departure as different counties could have different requirements.



SECURITY ASSESSMENT

For delegates attending the ICURN conference in Kenya, measures have been taken to ensure your safety and security throughout your stay. Our risk assessment has identified the transportation from the airport to the hotel venue and back as the riskiest portion of the trip due general driving conditions in Kenya.  We have taken steps to mitigate this risk by recommending the use of vetted transport companies with professional drivers and vehicles, who we will post on our website soon. We advise delegates to register with their foreign embassy's safe travel programs and to schedule their arrivals and departures during daylight hours for added precaution. 

Once on-site, the Enashipai Resort, boasts comprehensive security measures including 24/7 manned security, CCTV cameras, and patrols by local police and the Tourist Police Unit. The hotel is in a secure compound and is equipped with emergency response systems including evacuation plans in each guest room. Additionally, medical support is readily available with an in-house clinic staffed by a resident nurse and arrangements for doctor visits and ambulance services.  While ICURN makes its best efforts to identify good partners and ensure a safe and smooth experience for delegates, ultimate responsibility and liability lies with delegates. 



CANCELLATIONS
ICURN is committed to minimizing your risk related to your conference registration and as such your conference registration is:

  • Refundable less a $100 processing fee, if cancellation is done before July 1, 2024.
  • Registration is fully transferable to a colleague at your organization at any time before the conference.
  • Registration is exchangeable in value towards ICURN membership for 2024 or your conference registration in 2025.



QUESTIONS?
If you are a financial cooperative regulator and would like to participate in the ICURN conference please contact David de Jong at ddejong@icurn.org   


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